Gerad Montgomery on Facebook live discussion playground safety.

Apr 19, 2018 / Fractures

#SRHaccess Facebook LIVE Recap: Playground Safety

On this week’s Facebook live, Director of the Fracture Clinic Gerad Montgomery, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C. joined us to discuss playground safety. Below is a recap of the conversation.

Watch the live segment. 

Common Playground Related Injuries:
  • Cuts, bruises, broken bones and brain/head injuries
  • Children ages five to nine commonly have fractures caused by a fall from monkey bars or climbing walls. 
  • Toddler fractures, also known as spiral fractures, commonly occurs when a child goes down the slide with a parent and his/her leg gets caught. 
Monkey Bars:
  • Most common injury caused from playing on the monkey bars is a fall on an outstretched hand – child falls and tries to catch themselves.
  • Forearm, wrist, elbow fractures can occur
  • Head injuries are possible when the child hangs by their feet from the monkey bars. 
Fracture Clinic Specifics:
  • On average, our specialists see seven to 10 new fractures caused from a playground related injury each day. 
  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., walk-in hours for children who do not have a confirmed fracture. If a parent is concerned about a potential fracture, come to the clinic during these hours. 
  • If seen in an ER/urgent center or another clinic and have a confirmed fracture, please bring any imaging from that visit. 
  • Imaging is available at the Fracture Clinic. 
Future Frisco Campus – Fracture Clinic 
  • More imaging options
  • More space to manage the increased volume of fracture cases currently being seen. 
Advice for Parents: Things to Remember About Playground Safety
  • Adult supervision is most important. 
  • Clothing for the playground:
    • Avoid loose clothing, clothing with draw strings and hoodies
    • Good shoes while playing
  • Pay attention to the surface of the playground – a soft landing is best (rubber, sand, etc.)
  • Playground equipment is built for children of certain age groups. Depending on your child’s age, be aware of the height of the equipment he/she is playing on. 
  • Educate your child about playground etiquette: 
    • One at a time
    • No pushing or shoving
    • Avoid equipment where a lot of children are playing on at one time.
Learn more about the Fracture Clinic.

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